Midlands Christmas lunch

Find Christmas Lunch on the Midlands Meander

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Christmas Lunching on the Meander


Christmas Lunch is something that features very strongly in a lot of families and friends. People like to get together and celebrate their friendships , have some good food and beverages and relax. It doesn’t have to be extravagant, although some may prefer it this way. But the one thing about having a bunch of people over for an event is you have the clean up afterwards…..

If this is the thought lingering in the back of your mind, perhaps you would prefer to cruise out on the beautiful and pastoral Midlands Meander and have a Christmas lunch at one of the fine establishments, making the most of the variety offered (because everyone has different tastes), the beauty and the convenience.

In no particular order, ladies and gentleman, these are the fine establishments that have decided to stay open and offer Christmas lunch.

If you do plan to go however, please ensure that you book asap as seats are filling up.


Fern Hill Hotel

Set at the start of the Midlands Meander, this well known hotel serves up a delicious meal at the best of times and Christmas is no doubt going to be outstanding. Bookings are almost full, so if you want to get in on the fun, make a booking by contacting Steph on fernhillevents@gmail.com.

Olive and Oil

Located at Cascades Lifestyle Centre, this is one of Pietermaritzburg’s loveliest restaurants on the banks of a stream looking up into the Cascades Forests. The atmosphere is lovely, the food delicious bordering on fine dining and the service is friendly.

Nottingham Road Hotel

Situated in Nottingham Road in the heart of the Midlands Meander, this is a firm favourite amongst the locals. ‘Notties’ always provides a tasty and solid meal as well as an ambient atmosphere. Being centrally situated on the Meander and makes for a convenient stop.

Brahman Hills

Along the Old Curry’s Post Road, like everything done at Brahman Hills, attention to detail is paramount. An elegant destination for some exquisite food in a fine dining atmosphere. The views are gorgeous and the service delivered with a smile. Book ahead of time if you are keen on a special experience and don’t forget to stop by the coffee shop for a yummy cappuccino afterward.

Rosetta Hotel

To be found on the R103, Rosetta, this is a lovely setting to drop by away from the maddening crowd. This establishment prides itself on providing lovely meals and I am sure that this celebration will be no different. Stop by for something a little different.

Loxley House

On the outskirts of Nottingham Road, on the Clifton School Road you will find the beautifully situated Loxley House . Treat yourself to a Christmas day lunch with a wonderful garden view and special care. Not only can you stay here in comfort and luxury, but the Trip Advisor ratings are very specific about the fantastic food. If you want to relax in this spot, best you book soon. Holidays are almost here.

La Lampara

Located in Lidgetton with the prettiest views, this award winning restaurant serves up all kinds of delicious dishes with classic Italian hospitality and flair. The menu changes weekly to coincide with the freshest ingredients. Booking is highly recommended. To make a reservation contact Caroline Canderle on 0824160195 or email at lampara@mweb.co.za.

Hebron Haven

Located on the D128, in the Dargle area, this establishment has a long and interesting history. Trip Advisor rates the food and hospitality highly and promises a worthwhile experience. This is a well known stop on the Midlands Meander.

Old Halliwell

Situated on the Curry’s Post Road between Howick and Mooi River, Old Halliwell serves as a Wedding venue, conference centre, accommodation and serves up yummy food. Get to experience Christmas lunch in a cosy restaurant serving up delicious country cuisine.


This is by no means an exclusive or exhaustive list. If you do know of other places that are open, please feel free to leave a comment on the blog so that others reading can pick this up too.

I wish you a very safe and festive, festive season and all the best for you and your loved ones. Drive safe, keep all hands in the vehicle while driving and have a wonderful break.

Until then folks…..see you on the road.

Follow Carmen:

I take the path less travelled and hope to get photo's along the way. Also enjoy a bit of adventure, especially when shared.

4 Responses

  1. Cee

    Love this list. I might not visit these places over Christmas, but so nice to know they exist! 2018 will be the year of the road trip!

  2. andrew attwood

    Hi Carmen
    what about adding Antbear Lodge http://www.antbear.co.za to that list. We are also doing something special for Christmas lunch and will be open to day visitors too. Whats more Antbear is offering the most affordable Christmas lunch in the region. And with our new chef Jason Turner everyone will be in for a treat. Please remember reservations are essential.

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